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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Facebook, 2nd Edition [Kindle Edition]

Mikal E. Belicove , Joe Kraynak
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Book Description

  • Expert tech authors cover all new features and functionality.
  • Reveals Facebook's full potential and users' options to communicate, connect, and have fun.

Editorial Reviews

From the Author

This is the 2nd edition of the book. You probably want to buy the 3rd edition.
In the days B.C. (Before Computers), losing touch with friends and family was a part of life. You'd graduate and all your school chums would wander off in different directions. You'd leave your job and lose valuable contacts. Aunts, uncles, and cousins would seem to fall off the face of the earth. Even keeping in touch with siblings hundreds or thousands of miles away was a challenge.

Facebook, with the help of computers and the Internet, has reversed that trend. Not only does it enable you to stay in touch with people, but it also facilitates the process of tracking down people you lost touch with years or decades ago. Facebook also provides numerous ways for you to engage and interact with all these folks daily – by sharing status updates, photos, and videos; posting links to favorite web pages or blogs; chatting; messaging; playing games; planning events; gathering in groups; and so on. And if you're in business (big or small), Facebook provides several valuable tools to keep in touch with customers and clients right where many of them like to hang out most.

Perhaps best of all, Facebook is free, and all you need to get started is a computer with an Internet connection and a desire to connect with others. If you're concerned about privacy, you'll be relieved to know that Facebook gives you complete control over whom you choose to "friend" and the information you choose to share.

If you're concerned that you don't know where to start, that's where we come in. In this book, we provide everything you need to know to get started on Facebook; track down friends, family members, colleagues, former classmates, and others; promote your business or yourself; and tap the full potential of Facebook.

From the Back Cover

Discover all that Facebook can do for you!

Wall, News Feed, privacy, photos, locations, invitations, chat -- if you're new to Facebook or thinking about joining, you might be overwhelmed at all the options and features the #1 social network has to offer. However, with a little help navigating those features, you'll see why so many people log on every day!

The surest path from start to success, this user-friendly guide walks you through Facebook's dizzying array of options and helps you set up an account you'll enjoy using. In it, you get:
  • Easy information on signing up, creating your Profile, and finding your first friends.
  • Insider information on interacting with others via Walls and News Feeds — and the differences between the two.
  • Simple steps for sharing photos and videos, initiating and participating in group and video chats, sending event invitations, and more.
  • A fun look at Facebook games and other apps that make the social network so popular.
  • Tips for marketing your business, products, and services via ads, fan pages, and Facebook's other promotional outlets.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2980 KB
  • Print Length: 302 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1615641181
  • Publisher: Alpha (October 4, 2011)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0052RDIIC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,018 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
The following review is from Sonu Chandiram, a book reviewer for the Biz India, a popular Web portal for India business-related news worldwide:

Facebook is an amazing social media platform that has taken the world by storm. It has over 800 million users and growing. People new to it just cannot believe how easy it is to find long lost relatives and friends and reconnect with them. It is wonderful to see and keep in touch with them.

With Facebook, you can add friends to your 'collection' in rapid-fire fashion. You can also either become pleasantly surprised or bewildered by the number and variety of 'add friend' requests you get. If you have plenty of time, you can go on adding more and more people, knowing that as your number of Facebook friends grows, there will be even more friend requests, more postings on your site, more Facebook emails, more requests to add your birth date to their calendar, which will generate even more 'happy birthday' greetings via email and postings. I believe in T. Harv Eker's saying: 'whatever you focus on, expands.' What do you wan to focus on?

It can all be overwhelming. It is up to you to decide how much or how little time you are going to spend on Facebook. For the undisciplined, Facebook is like a candy store and you are the kid who gets all excited about all the goodies that are available to you in plain sight or thrust at you by (sales?) people you know and very often, even by people you've never seen before. So, you add them anyway just because....(?)

I suppose a Facebook user should not decide how many hours he or she is going to spend on it, but rather decide with a clear head what they are going to use Facebook for.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars how to learn about facebook October 4, 2011
I first met Mikal when he gave a lecture at the computer club at the senior center, where I live . He discussed his first book " the complete idiots guide to face book" I was so impressed with his presentation that I immediately brought the book.His second book is even better. While I realize that Facebook is constantly changing, this book contains enough pertinent information (adjusting your account settings, navigating Facebook's help system, etc) to make it a worthwhile investment.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Helpful June 8, 2012
By Garry
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The book is well-written and well-organized. It's not stuffy or boring, just very informative, and very detailed. I signed up for Facebook, got the first screen, and was totally lost. Every software and/or computer process has language, terms, processes, methods, etc. that are unique to that software/process, but each site expects you to know everything they/it knows from the git-go...they have completely forgotten how daunting it is to begin trying to do something you know little or nothing about, and how confused and lost they were when they started out. Their focus is microscopic and excludes everything except the few things in their very precise focus and inside their huge blinders. It's amazing how dumb smart people can be. The old adage is so true: every time you assume something you make and ass of u and me. The guys who wrote this book help make Facebook less daunting and confusing to newbies like me who are not so computer genius-like. Thanks, guys!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The Complete Idiot's Guide to Facebook, 2nd Edition October 21, 2012
By rich
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This "for Idiots" guide had a slightly better review average than the "for Dummies" guide, so I purchased it. It is very disappointing. This guide is apparently outdated in that its descriptions of the Facebook page, menus, etc., do not match what I am seeing on the screen when I am using Facebook. And, when something in Facebook does not seem to work for me, going to this guide for help is futile. I get better info by just going to Facebook's "Help" screens (which also suck).
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star July 2, 2014
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I was the idiot who bought this. The information is out of date.
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